Stand For Truth

Stand For Truth

1 Peter 4:11

“If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.”

When Moses walked the earth, he spoke for God and was hated by many; centuries later however, the Pharisees spoke well of him as if they would of liked him. But just as their forefathers did, they too would want to stone Moses if he lived during their age, and they proved it because of their hatred for their present prophets, namely John the Baptist and Jesus Himself, who were both killed for their words.

And you also, man or woman of God, must resolve within yourself that you will live to please God and no one else, for you cannot please both. If you speak for God, as we are commanded, you will be hated by the world (John 15:18); you will also be misunderstood by your brothers and sisters at times. Do not be disheartened, for before you there was a great cloud of witnesses who also lived for the will of the Father (Hebrews 11; Hebrews 12:1); They were stoned, sawn in two, beaten, they hid in caves and wandered about in sheep skins, of whom the world was not worthy. For with God, the last will be first and the first last. He is the One you are to aim to please (2 Corinthians 5:9).

So press on, dear soldiers, and set your eyes on the One who went before you, the Author and Finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). He brought light into a sinful world, and laid hold of the cross, despising the shame, because He looked passed that to the joy of knowing that millions upon millions who sat in darkness would see a great light, be loosed from the chains of judgment and receive everlasting life! Yes, let that be the apple of your eye my friends. For when you speak God’s word faithfully to the world, they will be convicted, they will get angry, they will despise you as they hated your Master, but be of good cheer, look past the shame; look unto the many souls that might be saved from everlasting destruction because of the power of your message. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to those who believe..” Romans 1:16

With much love, Jonathan Ball

“Only one life, will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Leonard Ravenhill

Wonderful, Counselor

Wonder, Counselor

Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Who is this wonderful Man who entered the world 2,000 years ago? Some say a Prophet, some say a good man, others say He simply found enlightenment, and still others say He was an angel; but who do you say that He is? Your answer to that question will propel you into eternity; some to eternal damnation and others to eternal life.

Without a doubt, this Man split history in half, impacting the earth with colossal force. His words and miracles astounded people beyond measure. His coming sent shockwaves through history; tens of millions have died for His name, the wickedest of men have been transformed into saints, and an innumerable amount of people will enter the gates of heaven because of His sacrifice. Will you be one of them?

Truly He is more than wonderful; there are no words to describe His greatness. He is the King of all Kings, the infinitely wise Creator, and the Judge of all the earth; He is coming back to set up an everlasting kingdom, and even now He reigns in the heart of millions. Like a Father He will care for His people forever (Psalms 23:1), but will destroy His enemies with an everlasting fire (2 Thessalonians 1:7- 9). Oh won’t you run to His mercy today? Look to the cross dear reader, for His blood was shed for you! If you will only repent and believe, you will be saved (Acts 20:21; Acts 3:19; John 3:16). Seek Him today; I implore you, for tomorrow may never come!

With love in Jesus, Jonathan Ball

Web: www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground

Home Church: www.goodfight.org

Eternal Perspective

Eternal Perspective

Colossians 3:2, 3

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

            It is easy to focus on the world around us, and be distracted from the one thing we Christians have been called to live for. Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” It doesn’t matter who we are, or what we are capable of; Jesus wants to make us fishers of men. Yes, we have been saved from Hell, but now there are people all around who are still in sin, and daily sinking into an eternal place of punishment. They will have NO hope of ever escaping, once they are there. Therefore, it is our duty, if we love our neighbor as ourselves, to do all that we can to, “by all means save some.”

            What would you think of a fireman who sat and did nothing while a house full of people burned to the ground? Why, he would not be a real fireman, but an imposter, and he himself would be punished. What would you think if you heard his excuse, that he was busy listening to his new CD player, and too entertained to care about those who were perishing?

            We have so much, but do we have the heart of God burning in us? Do we care about what He cares about most, which are people? Or, are we just happy that we are saved, and blessed, and comfortable? We need to pray like the great revivalist, Jonathan Edwards prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!” I know Hell is awful to think about, but Jesus talked plenty about it, and warned us to do whatever it takes to not go there. (Matthew 18:8, Matthew 10:28)

            Let our minds be concerned, above all, with the eternal welfare of those around us. I did not say their feelings, but their eternal welfare. Love is not passive, it tells the truth. It gives, it sacrifices, it prays, it cares for, and it tells the truth. Unlike popular teachings today, we are to follow in the footsteps of Christ in every way. Jesus did it all: He healed the sick, He cast out demons, He fed the hungry, but most importantly He preached repentance and the kingdom of God. Many were offended at the truth, because of their own pride, but others were saved. People plotted to kill Jesus ten times, because of what He said and did. If you read Acts, you will see that everywhere Paul went, people were stirred up by his words, and many hurt him and plotted against him, yet many were saved and brought into the kingdom of light.

What drove Jesus, Paul, Stephen, and all the followers of Christ, who were all but one martyred for the gospel? It was love, and an eternal mindset, understanding that people were perpetually lost if they didn’t find Christ. Paul said, “knowing therefore the terror of the LORD, we persuade men.” (2 Corinthians 5: 10, 11)

            My friends, because we have been given such grace in Christ, and forgiveness of sins, let us do all we can to bring people to Jesus. Only through Him may people find peace with God. We are called ambassadors for Christ, if we are in Him, and therefore let us make our calling and election sure. How would you feel if you were dead in sin, and Christians overlooked you?